Two of the best places (Days 20 & 21)

Teresa, me, and Guillaume ready for the blind tasting!

On Tuesday afternoon, CEA had a blind tasting of French food for us.  It was a lot of fun.  I learned that I am terrible at guessing what I’m eating!  We tried céleri rémoulade, rillettes du mans, pruneaux d’agen (prunes stuffed with goat cheese, sounds so weird but somehow it was really good!), oeufs de lompe, salade piémontaise, and crème de marron (amazing!).  It was a lot of fun and such a great idea!

crab with fig jam inside
oeufs de lomp

rillettes du mans
céleri rémoulade
tuna on crackers
pruneaux d’agen
salade piémontaise
crème de marron

On our way home from the tasting, my roommate Teresa and I encountered a creepy lady on the metro!  Right before we got off, a lady got my attention and started speaking in French.  I told her I didn’t speak French, and she asked (in English), “Could you show me what line this is,” pointing to a map of the metro that was in her hand.  I pointed it out and then she said “OK.  I am writing a book and I want you to remember this moment.”  I was a little creeped out.  When Teresa and I got off of the train, she said the woman had said something to her as well while she stood next to her, but that when she said it in French, it wasn’t the same as when she asked in English.  Creepy!

ice cream
Opéra Garnier

We walked to rue Mouffetard, a street close to our apartment, to get ice cream at Gelati d’Alberto.  They make the ice cream look like a flower on the cone.

Today (Wednesday) I went to the Opéra Garnier, the theater that inspired The Phantom of the Opera.  It is officially one of my favorite places in Paris.  It was stunning!

Opéra Garnier

Opéra Garnier: inside the theatre

Opéra Garnier
Opéra Garnier
Opéra Garnier

Opéra Garnier
fountain at Place du Châtelet
Hôtel de Ville
Sacré Coeur on the hill seen from one of the towers of Notre Dam e
View from the top of Notre Dame
View from the top of Notre Dame, La Défense on the horizon
From there, I went to Place du Châtelet and saw the outside of Hôtel de Ville.  Since I was so close to Notre Dame at this point, I decided to go ahead and get in line to climb the tower.  AWESOME!  Discovered another favorite!  Loved it and took way, way too many pictures!  I love good views of cities!  I was able to point out the big buildings that I have seen, and pinpoint others that I haven’t been to.
Around 10:00 pm, Teresa and I went out to Pont Neuf so I could take some pictures.
The view from Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf (New Bridge, even though it’s the city’s oldest!)